Floating solar Overijssel

Solinoor is developing and preparing for construction of a 3-hectare floating solar park on a sand extraction lake in Overijssel. Without a possible grid connection, this solar park is specially scaled to the self-consumption of sand extraction. Hence, the locally generated energy is also locally consumed by the sand extraction installations. With almost 7,000 solar panels, a major step is being taken towards making sand extraction more sustainable. This project is in the final development phase and will start the construction procedure at the end of 2024.

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Floating solar park Overijssel drone view picture

From conceptual idea to fully-fledged project


As the floating solar park is dimensioned for the sand extraction's own consumption and not aimed at maximum use of space on the location, the solar park only covers 7% of the total water surface. Due to the relatively small size of the floating solar park compared to the total body of water, the impact of the floating solar park on the environment is limited.

Although the impact on the environment is minimal, this does make a significant difference in making sand extraction more sustainable. This floating solar park can provide almost 45% of the total annual energy consumption with green energy.

Floating solar park Overijsssel top view 3D render
Community engagement and participation floating solar park Overijssel

Community engagement

Together with the sand extractor, we held discussions and organised an introductory evening to discuss the development of the floating solar park with local residents and stakeholders. There is understanding for the need to become more sustainable and appreciation that this is done with multifunctional use of space on the sand extraction lake. A point of attention is an arrangement of panels low on the water surface so that reflection and glare are prevented as much as possible. By taking a low installation into account when designing the floating solar park, the impact from the appearance of the floating solar park is limited as much as possible.

Innovative technology

There are many challenging components that need to be addressed for the realisation of the floating solar park. Due to the large open area, the floating system must be able to withstand the natural conditions such as strong winds and waves that act on the system. In addition, it is placed on an active sand extraction site, which means that the deepening of the pool must be taken into account for mooring lines and anchoring. By introducing a new innovative floating system to the market, Solinoor is working on a robust and innovative solution that meets the challenges of this project.

Floating solar park Overijssel view from road 3D render

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Floating solar park features

  • Contribution to sustainability goals of the municipality and the region (RES).
  • Fitting within the policy of the municipality and other authorities.
  • Local customers of the generated energy, thus making local companies more sustainable.

Key figures

  • Total area of ​​solar park: approximately 3 hectares (7% of total water area).
  • Number of solar panels: approximately 7,000.
  • Electrical power: approximately 4.0 MWp.
  • Generation of sustainable energy: approximately 4,000,000 kWh/year.
  • Sustainability: 40% of annual energy consumption from green energy.
  • Objective: Local generation and local use for sand extraction.

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Innovative with local production for local consumption

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